Amanda Salisbury

Amanda Salisbury

is creating Books & Art

5

patrons

$117

per month
“…a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929
The room of my own sits at the front of my house. It was once a formal dining / sitting room for some other owners, and one wall still has a wallpaper mural that I can't quite let go (see my cover photo). The carpet torn out, its concrete floor reveals the secrets of builders from forty-some-odd years ago: circles of stain and paint, splatters, scars. A big, oval-ish desk, an unwanted cast-off from an office where it was handed down among hand-me-downs, dominates my half of the space, with a matching credenza flanking one side. Behind me, another older desk sits facing metal shelves stacked with supplies and books. That desk holds art supplies and lots of stories of its own.

At the other end of the room, my husband sits at a makeshift desk he uses when working from home. Past that, a music space awaits my boys and their band instruments for daily practice.

I'm in Oklahoma. Space is a thing we have.

Money...that's a different story altogether. Depression, anxiety, and conversion disorder have isolated me from a career I once had, and I constantly fight my way back. But my computer is a mid-2011 iMac, which is, thankfully, running but about to be an un-updateable relic. I have two blogs, the expenses for which circle around annually. Professional memberships, not to mention writing conferences and retreats, inch out of reach. And my student loans will come out of forbearance later this year.

I am grateful and fortunate to have my husband's income and health insurance. Still, I would like to build back, to take some of the weight from my husband's shoulders, and to discover some independence again.

At $2000 a month, I can continue my blogs, update my computer, and begin to help with life expenses for myself, my husband, and our three boys. Diminishing stress from lack of income, I plan to continue writing short fiction, polish and query longer fiction and another picture book, and begin crafting people's life stories with them.

I am the author-illustrator of Moon Mail and Star Kisses, a picture book for anyone who's ever missed anyone. I hope you can help me be the writer of many more books for children through adults.

For as little as $1, you can begin receiving original flash fiction, available to patrons before anyone else. At $2, you will also receive an original short story every month. Thank you for reading this far! I am encouraged by your presence here.

Tiers
Flash
$1 or more per month

Thanks for the boost! Every dollar helps.

  • You have access to once-a-month patron-first flash fiction: an original story of 1000 words or fewer delivered via Patreon post
Shorts
$2 or more per month

Thanks for expanding my creative space!

  • Everything at previous level
  • You have access to once-a-month patron-first short stories: an original short story of about 2,000 words delivered via Patreon post as a digital download in .mobi, .epub, and PDF formats
Acknowledgements
$5 or more per month

Woohoo! Your ten bucks will bolster the space for my creative life.

  • Everything at previous levels
  • Your name will appear in the acknowledgements of the patron-first short story every month as long as you stay at this level
  • You will receive one or more monthly random images of my workspace or lifespace via Patreon post
Audio
$20 or more per month

Thank you for your commitment and your faith in me! You've intensified my creative efforts.

  • Everything at previous levels
  • You will have access to a patron-only audio file of each month's story read by yours truly available via a Patreon post
Tuckerization
$50 or more per month only 2 left

Awesome! Thank you for helping me flourish.


  • Everything at previous levels
  • You will receive a Tuckerization. I will use one name of your choice (nothing offensive or inappropriate) in a patron-first flash fiction or patron-first short story every month you remain at this level. After you've paid one month, your name will appear in a story, so feel free to drop to a lower level at any time.
Greetings
$100 or more per month only 5 left

I’d say I’m speechless, THANK YOU!!

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization
  • You will receive one monthly mass market greeting card with an original illustration or original drabble (story of 100 words) hand drawn on the cardstock and delivered to you by post anywhere in the world.
A Single Story
$1,000 or more per month only 1 left

Well, that was unexpected. Many thanks!

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization, or Greetings
  • You will receive a single story. Once a year, every year you remain at this level, I will handwrite a short story of up to 5,000 words in a bound paper book and mail it to you anywhere in the world. The story will exist in these words only once, for you. I may expand it later for a longer work. Work will begin after the twelfth monthly payment at this level, after which you can feel free to drop to a different level.
Your Story
$2,000 or more per month only 1 left

Golly. You may really have made me speechless. I'm surely weeping somewhere and wondering if I should maybe talk you out of spending this kind of money on someone else's art. Then again, who am I to refuse such queenly patronage?

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization, Greetings, or A Single Story
  • I will write your story. Once a year, every year you remain at this level, I will write an episode of your life. Meeting online, I will interview you to gather details of the life story you wish me to write. I will write the story up to 10,000, and allow you to give feedback on one interim draft. The final draft will be printed, bound, signed, and mailed to you. I will sign a document of confidentiality that will protect your life story from ever being shared or used by me in any capacity. Work will begin after the twelfth monthly payment at this level, after which you may feel free to drop to a different level.
Goals
$117 of $500 per month
When pledges reach $500 for one month, all patrons will receive an eBook collection of annual patron-first flash fiction delivered the following January.
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“…a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” - Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own, 1929
The room of my own sits at the front of my house. It was once a formal dining / sitting room for some other owners, and one wall still has a wallpaper mural that I can't quite let go (see my cover photo). The carpet torn out, its concrete floor reveals the secrets of builders from forty-some-odd years ago: circles of stain and paint, splatters, scars. A big, oval-ish desk, an unwanted cast-off from an office where it was handed down among hand-me-downs, dominates my half of the space, with a matching credenza flanking one side. Behind me, another older desk sits facing metal shelves stacked with supplies and books. That desk holds art supplies and lots of stories of its own.

At the other end of the room, my husband sits at a makeshift desk he uses when working from home. Past that, a music space awaits my boys and their band instruments for daily practice.

I'm in Oklahoma. Space is a thing we have.

Money...that's a different story altogether. Depression, anxiety, and conversion disorder have isolated me from a career I once had, and I constantly fight my way back. But my computer is a mid-2011 iMac, which is, thankfully, running but about to be an un-updateable relic. I have two blogs, the expenses for which circle around annually. Professional memberships, not to mention writing conferences and retreats, inch out of reach. And my student loans will come out of forbearance later this year.

I am grateful and fortunate to have my husband's income and health insurance. Still, I would like to build back, to take some of the weight from my husband's shoulders, and to discover some independence again.

At $2000 a month, I can continue my blogs, update my computer, and begin to help with life expenses for myself, my husband, and our three boys. Diminishing stress from lack of income, I plan to continue writing short fiction, polish and query longer fiction and another picture book, and begin crafting people's life stories with them.

I am the author-illustrator of Moon Mail and Star Kisses, a picture book for anyone who's ever missed anyone. I hope you can help me be the writer of many more books for children through adults.

For as little as $1, you can begin receiving original flash fiction, available to patrons before anyone else. At $2, you will also receive an original short story every month. Thank you for reading this far! I am encouraged by your presence here.

Recent posts by Amanda Salisbury

Tiers
Flash
$1 or more per month

Thanks for the boost! Every dollar helps.

  • You have access to once-a-month patron-first flash fiction: an original story of 1000 words or fewer delivered via Patreon post
Shorts
$2 or more per month

Thanks for expanding my creative space!

  • Everything at previous level
  • You have access to once-a-month patron-first short stories: an original short story of about 2,000 words delivered via Patreon post as a digital download in .mobi, .epub, and PDF formats
Acknowledgements
$5 or more per month

Woohoo! Your ten bucks will bolster the space for my creative life.

  • Everything at previous levels
  • Your name will appear in the acknowledgements of the patron-first short story every month as long as you stay at this level
  • You will receive one or more monthly random images of my workspace or lifespace via Patreon post
Audio
$20 or more per month

Thank you for your commitment and your faith in me! You've intensified my creative efforts.

  • Everything at previous levels
  • You will have access to a patron-only audio file of each month's story read by yours truly available via a Patreon post
Tuckerization
$50 or more per month only 2 left

Awesome! Thank you for helping me flourish.


  • Everything at previous levels
  • You will receive a Tuckerization. I will use one name of your choice (nothing offensive or inappropriate) in a patron-first flash fiction or patron-first short story every month you remain at this level. After you've paid one month, your name will appear in a story, so feel free to drop to a lower level at any time.
Greetings
$100 or more per month only 5 left

I’d say I’m speechless, THANK YOU!!

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization
  • You will receive one monthly mass market greeting card with an original illustration or original drabble (story of 100 words) hand drawn on the cardstock and delivered to you by post anywhere in the world.
A Single Story
$1,000 or more per month only 1 left

Well, that was unexpected. Many thanks!

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization, or Greetings
  • You will receive a single story. Once a year, every year you remain at this level, I will handwrite a short story of up to 5,000 words in a bound paper book and mail it to you anywhere in the world. The story will exist in these words only once, for you. I may expand it later for a longer work. Work will begin after the twelfth monthly payment at this level, after which you can feel free to drop to a different level.
Your Story
$2,000 or more per month only 1 left

Golly. You may really have made me speechless. I'm surely weeping somewhere and wondering if I should maybe talk you out of spending this kind of money on someone else's art. Then again, who am I to refuse such queenly patronage?

  • Everything at previous levels, but not including limited tiers: Tuckerization, Greetings, or A Single Story
  • I will write your story. Once a year, every year you remain at this level, I will write an episode of your life. Meeting online, I will interview you to gather details of the life story you wish me to write. I will write the story up to 10,000, and allow you to give feedback on one interim draft. The final draft will be printed, bound, signed, and mailed to you. I will sign a document of confidentiality that will protect your life story from ever being shared or used by me in any capacity. Work will begin after the twelfth monthly payment at this level, after which you may feel free to drop to a different level.